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5. Wolsey, Cromwell and the Growth of Royal Power, 1514–40
About this Lecture
In this module, we consider the question ‘Wolsey and Cromwell were Henry VIII’s chief ministers in the years 1514-40. To what extent did royal power grow in the years 1514-40?’, focusing in particular on: (i) the three key extensions of royal power in this period – the royal supremacy, the changes to the way Wales was governed, and the transformation of Ireland from a papal fief to a kingdom; (ii) the extent to which Wolsey contributed to these extensions of royal power; (iii) the extent to which Cromwell contributed to these extensions of royal power; (iv) other individuals who also contributed to the extension of royal power, especially those who came up with the idea of the royal supremacy, e.g. John Stokesley, Thomas Cranmer, Edward Lee, etc.; and (v) the successes and limitation of these extensions to royal power.
In this course, Dr Natalie Mears (Durham University) explores political culture and religion in Tudor England through six key questions: (1) How significant was the gender of the monarch during the reigns of Mary and Elizabeth?; (2) How far do you agree that the main turning point in the fortunes of Protestantism in England in the years 1529–88 was the Elizabethan compromise?; (3) To what extent did the role of parliament change in the years 1558-88, during the reign of Elizabeth I?; (4) Was the influence of Henry VIII’s ministers the main reason the English Church was reformed in the years 1529-40?; (5) Wolsey and Cromwell were Henry VIII’s chief ministers in the years 1514-40. To what extent did royal power grow in the years 1514-40?; and (6) To what extent did the structure of government change in the years 1509-88?
Dr Natalie Mears is Associate Professor in Early Modern British History at Durham University. She is primarily a historian of Tudor and early Stuart politics and religion, including the posthumous reputation of Elizabeth I. She also has an interest in the representation of the Tudors and Stuarts in modern media, especially opera. Her publications include Queenship and Political Discourse in the Elizabethan Realms (2005) and (as co-editor with Alec Ryrie) Worship and the Parish Church in Early Modern Britain (2012).
Cite this Lecture
Mears, N. (2020, May 16). The Tudors – Politics and Religion, 1509-1603 - Wolsey, Cromwell and the Growth of Royal Power, 1514–40 [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-tudors-politics-and-religion-1509-1603/wolsey-cromwell-and-the-growth-of-royal-power-1514-40
Mears, N. "The Tudors – Politics and Religion, 1509-1603 – Wolsey, Cromwell and the Growth of Royal Power, 1514–40." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 16 May 2020, https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-tudors-politics-and-religion-1509-1603/wolsey-cromwell-and-the-growth-of-royal-power-1514-40